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McMinnville Garden Club,   PO Box 386, McMinnville, OR

December 2015 -


Next meeting:   December 21, 2015

HILLSIDE Activity Room at the Manor

900 N. Hill Road McMinnville, OR  97128

                    Note:  If you need time on the agenda, please let President Judy know a week in advance of the meeting.






Jean and Patty




Christmas Ball1Upcoming Events

Wednesday Dec. 2 at 10 at Helen Niehus’s barn for our wreath/basket making.  Leave from the church at 9:45 for those who need help getting there.  Dress warm and for the showers……We can work inside and under tents AND they have a new fire pit!!  Bring your lunch and snacks to share.  Call 503-472-1216 for more info.

Thursday Dec 3 at 10 - Christmas Shopping at Washington Square – Meet at Baker Creek Community church.


Christmas Lunch


Our annual Christmas luncheon buffet will be December 21. The menu includes a garden salad, mixed roasted vegetables, herb roasted potatoes, and rolls and butter. There is a choice of two entrees (grilled salmon or grilled pork tenderloin) and a choice of two desserts (chocolate mousse or assorted cookies).


There will be no guest speaker in December. Instead, Judah Kent will play holiday music during our lunch. Judah was home schooled through high school and graduated in 2015. He is now attending Chemeketa Community College and plans to transfer to Western Oregon University and major in Music Composition. He started playing the piano at the age of 6 and by the time he was 10 he was creating his own music. He will be performing his own arrangements of popular Christmas songs.




“Sowing Seeds of Friendship”


Happy Holidays everyone.  The Rakettes have just raked their way down Third Street in the Holiday parade and had a wonderful time doing so.  It’s such a fun way to start the season.  Coming up is the Wreath and Basket making day on December 2 and the next day the Christmas Shopping trip to Washington Square, and that is just the first week of the month.  We have the Christmas luncheon on the 21st to look forward to also. Don’t forget to remember Juliette’s House as our Christmas charity. We received a beautiful thank you note from YCAP, thanking us for our generous gifts of food and cash.  Combined it provides 228 meals for hungry people.  Thank you so much.  I hope you take time to enjoy the season and the joys it brings with friends and family.  I know I will.

Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year to each and every one of you.




New Sprouts 2015                                                 Rosemary Vertregt

vegetable sprout : Green sprout growing from seed Stock PhotoSue Thornton, who attended our November meeting, reports that she thoroughly enjoyed our friendly group!  She is originally from Oklahoma, but left there in 1976 for North Carolina, then South Carolina, as part of her family's employment with a school bus company; she then came to Vancouver, Washington, then finally to McMinnville.  Sue worked for Valley Farmers for several years, and enjoyed the extra benefit of garden help on their three-acre place on Loop Road.  She has also done volunteer work at the Senior Center, and knows several of our long-time members:  Joan Friese, Esther Smith, Beverly Mulkey, and Ruth Miller to name a few!

Sue has "downsized" to a place in town, but there has been plenty of garden activity there as well, including a special "project" each summer, and continuing each season.  She happily and proudly states that her work there has made it what it is today!  Of particular interest to her are yard landscape, arts and crafts, and container gardening, but she is also interested in friendship and companionship with like-minded us!  Her family includes three adult children, six grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.  Sue has enjoyed collecting antiques over the years, but has sworn off making any further purchases!  I'm quite convinced she has not sworn off buying plants, however!  Welcome, Sue!




Horticulture                                                                                                                 Sharon Gunter

Mahonia ‘Charity’

MahoniaAquifolium2One of my favorite winter plants is the Oregon Grape variety “Charity”.  It is a slow growing plant that will eventually reach a height and width of 10 to 15 feet.  It likes part to full shade and is fairly drought tolerant, although it appreciates some summer water.  The plants are clumping and make a nice background for shrubs or flowers that die back in the fall.

Charity puts out long, upright, bright yellow flower clusters in late October or early November.  The flowers last until January or February and are followed by dark purple fruit that attracts birds.

Some years there will be tinges of red on some of the foliage but that doesn’t always happen.  However, the leaves are glossy dark green and are attractive all year long.  This is a low maintenance plant that will provide a bright spot of color during those gray days of winter.  By the time it finishes blooming, the forsythia are putting out buds so it helps carry you thru until spring!!


A NEW PLAQUE for Joanne Dewitt’s husband!!

This beautiful 24x30” plaque will be placed downtown on a rock next to the statue of Leonard DeWitt at Oregon Mutual honoring his service to the country.  The installation date has not been determined yet.  We’ll keep you informed.  The Garden Club is so proud to be part of their lives.